on Tap for June Dine-out
month Northwest VEG selects a restaurant where members and friends gather
to enjoy exclusively vegetarian fare. This month, on June 9 at 5:30 pm,
we’ll meet at Pirates Tavern, 2839 NW St. Helens Rd., Portland.
Unique dishes include "chicken" cattiatore, beer batter "fish"
'n' chips, tempeh Reubens, and Salisbury "Steak." Organic beers/wine.
Please bring cash to simplify the settling of the bill. To RSVP, contact
Andre at email@example.com
or (503) 224-7380 (message phone) by June 6. Seating is limited to the
first 24 to RSVP.
Master Vegetarian Program Starts in September
Northwest VEG and People's Food Co-op will be sponsoring a pilot Master
Vegetarian Program this fall. Patterned after the successful Master Recycler
and Master Gardener programs, the Master Vegetarian Program will offer
weekly classes on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings starting Sept. 18
covering all aspects of a vegetarian lifestyle. Following an introduction
and overview of the program, classes will look at environmental aspects
of diet choices, vegetarian nutrition, effects of diet on health and diseases
such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, animal behavior and the treatment
of farm animals, organic agriculture, philosophical and religious aspects
of diet and animal treatment, healthy eating and cooking practices. Knowledgeable
guest instructors will teach each class. Two field trips will be included
in the course.
The Master Vegetarian
Program is aimed at people who want to find out how food choices affect
our health, the environment, and our relationship with animals—and
how to incorporate this learning into their daily lives. Cost for the
series will be $50, or $25 for students or those on low income. Attendees
will be expected to contribute 16 volunteer hours to a nonprofit organization
that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed in the course.
A Master Vegetarian Certificate will be offered to those who complete
the classes and the volunteer hours.
Registration in the
Master Vegetarian Program will start June 14 and will be taken on a first-come,
first-served basis. For more information or to express interest in registering,
contact Susan Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or leave a message at (503) 224-7380 with your name and contact information.
an Eastside Potluck Venue
VEG is in search of a welcoming facility with a kitchen for Northwest
VEG Eastside potlucks on most odd-numbered months. Our longtime venue,
the Multnomah Friends Meeting Hall on SE Stark, is currently undergoing
a renovation and is unavailable; and we’ve grown a little too large
to comfortably meet there. Conversely, our temporary home at Trinity United
Methodist is too large and expensive—and it’s not available
for the July 15 potluck. If anyone has ideas for a suitable church hall
or other meeting place close in on the eastside that can accommodate 75
people, please contact email@example.com.
Ideally, the venue would be very convenient to public transportation.
Picnic on July 4th to Include All the Fun Without Meat
Northwest VEG potluck picnic will celebrate the spirit of independence
without any meat—only delicious, cruelty-free food. We'll meet at
1 pm on July 4 at Raleigh Park, SW 78th Avenue between the Beaverton-Hillsdale
Hwy. (bus 54) and Canyon Road (bus 58). The picnic will last until 5 pm.
Bring your favorite vegan (no eggs, dairy products or other animal-derived
ingredients) or vegetarian (no meat, fish) dish, enough to share for 4
people for every member in your party — and we'll supply drinks.
Please bring a card listing the ingredients of your dish and plates and
utensils for your use. Get ready for croquet and bocce ball. Bring other
lawn games! We have reserved a number of picnic tables, but you may want
to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Don't forget your tennis racquet, if
you play. A swimming pool at the park is available for a few dollars per
Needs Include July 4 Picnic and Volunteer Coordinator Position
If you can volunteer at the July 4 potluck picnic, there are a few positions
that need to be filled. We need a games coordinator (2 - 5pm), help with
set-up (11:30am - 1 pm), and help with clean-up (5 - 6pm); please contact
Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (503) 493-2358.
We also are in need of a new Volunteer Coordinator, for Maggie Raczek
(pictured) is stepping down after more than 3 years in this essential
position. Maggie’s outstanding efforts have included filling the
slots for every potluck, managing the recruitment of scores of volunteers
for three VegFests, and assigning volunteers to our information tables
at numerous community events. The Volunteer Coordinator is the main contact
for general and specific volunteer inquiries, communicating by email and
phone to describe and fill volunteer needs. S/he attends potlucks and
board meetings often to stay in the informational loop and meet new and
old volunteers. S/he communicates with the webmaster and newsletter editors
to announce upcoming volunteer needs. Sometimes other volunteers assist
the Coordinator to contact volunteers at times of large events or when
several activities coincide. To discuss this volunteer opportunity, contact
Maggie at email@example.com
or (503) 493-2358.
Bike Rides Planned Throughout the Summer
Join a small group of Northwest VEG and OrganicAthlete
members for a fun, slow-paced group bike ride. The distance is 20 miles
or less, with a rest stop around the halfway point. The ride route is
left open to match the ride to the skill level of the riders. The stops
are usually at a coffee shop that has vegan options. Meet at the Hawthorne
Bridge Fire Station, under the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge. If you
have any questions, or suggestions for routes or stops please contact
The rides will take place on the following dates:
June 9 (Saturday), 10 am
June 24 (Sunday), 10 am
July 14 (Saturday), 10 am
July 22 (Sunday), 10 am
Aug. 11 (Saturday), 10 am
Aug. 26 (Sunday), 10 am
VegFest Attracts Record Crowd
to Explore Compassionate Choices
By Charley Korns, E-Bits Editor
year’s VegFest: A Compassionate Living Fair was the largest yet,
with approximately 1600 attending on May 12 and hundreds turning out the
night before to see the keynote address by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. (pictured:
NWVEG Thymes editor Tammy Russell and daughter Sabine) It was the culmination
of several months of planning that included scores of volunteer hours
contributed by a core event team, led by Peter Spendelow, Jill Schatz
and Robert Cheeke, all Northwest VEG board members. Although at times
it felt as if it might be too much volunteer time to put into a single
event, the turnout and ensuing positive feedback made it feel worthwhile.
Of course, the volunteering alone was not enough. We received generous
support from numerous businesses to secure the venue of Benson High School,
pay the expenses and fees of various speakers, purchase advertising, print
promotional materials, and buy or rent equipment. We are particularly
grateful to our sponsors, the Blossoming Lotus Café, Vegan Bodybuilding
& Fitness, and VegNews Magazine — and Gold Donors Bob’s
Red Mill Natural Foods and Vega.
In addition to the nearly 50 businesses that exhibited
their (100% vegan) products and services, 18 nonprofit groups staffed
informational tables. Between learning about products and discovering
organizations whose missions resonate with the themes of compassion, improved
health and sustainability, fest visitors left with ideas and inspirations
that might enhance, even change their lives.
The educational aspects of VegFest were vast and—at
only $5 per person for the whole day—the best bargain in town. Speakers,
in addition to Dr. Campbell, included John Robbins, Caldwell Esselstyn,
Jr., M.D., Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., of the Physicians Committee for Responsible
Medicine (PCRM); and Kelly Peterson and Jennifer Hillman from the Humane
Society of the United States. Chefs included Bo Rinaldi and the chefs
of Blossoming Lotus Café; Chef Al Chase of Culinary Awakenings;
chefs and authors Julie Hasson, Bryanna Clark Grogan, and Zel Allen.
To see photos from VegFest, visit http://www.nwveg.org/VegFest07_photos.htm.
For more information about the speakers, chefs and participating businesses
and nonprofits, see http://portlandvegfest.org/2007.
Author of World
Peace Diet to Speak at June Potluck
At the Northwest VEG June 24 vegetarian potluck, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., will
address the connection between diet and a broad range of our society's
problems—psychological, social, and spiritual, as well as health
and environmental. Dr. Tuttle has a master’s degree in humanities
from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of education
from the University of California. A professional pianist and teacher,
he has for the last 13 years toured progressive churches, vegetarian and
macrobiotic conferences, and intentional communities throughout the country.
He trained in Korea as a Zen Buddhist monk and has worked extensively
in Tai Chi, yoga, massage, and dance and movement. His latest book is
The World Peace Diet – Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony
(Lantern Books, 2005). John Robbins calls Dr. Tuttle’s book one
of the most provocative he has ever read, with insights that expose the
complacency of a culture that has strayed painfully far from compassion.
June 24 (Sunday), 5 pm – 7:30 pm: Northwest VEG Vegetarian
Join Northwest VEG at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,
8470 SW Oleson Road in Portland. Weather permitting we'll have a patio
potluck near a play area for kids. Please bring a vegan or vegetarian
main dish, salad or dessert, a card listing its ingredients, and plates
and utensils for your use. No alcoholic beverages please. If you come
alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase the amount 4 servings
for each additional person in your party/family. For more information
call (503) 224-7380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can volunteer to help at the potluck, please contact email@example.com
or call (503) 493-2358. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to
help cover the cost of the room rental.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Post-Potluck Presentation: Vegan Philosopher
to Speak on World Peace Diet
After the meal, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., will speak. If you wish to attend
the program only and not the potluck, please arrive by 6:30 pm.
to Receive Ballots to Elect Board Members
Each current member of Northwest VEG will receive a ballot in early June
with instructions on electing board members. Those elected serve a 2-year
term beginning July 1, 2007. A Nominating Committee recently solicited
several potential candidates. Five qualified members have accepted to
be on the ballot, and they will all run unopposed. Three of these candidates
are currently on the board with terms expiring June 30. These include
President Peter Spendelow, Treasurer Linda Sant'Angelo, and Membership
Coordinator Jill Schatz. Another candidate is Robert Cheeke who was appointed
to the board in February. Rounding out the slate of candidates is Barrett
McInnis. The ballot instructions will include a personal statement by
each candidate addressing his or her qualifications and interests.
and Tofu, Anyone?
There’s no better time for tennis than summer, and it seems there’s
always a free public court nearby, even if it might sometimes involve
a short wait to play. Finding someone to play with, however, is not always
as easy. It is especially nice to find others for singles or doubles who
are vegetarian/vegan. This might just be the place to make such a connection!
If you would like to meet other players, send the following info to Charley
Korns, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
skill level as either beginner, intermediate or advanced. Feel free
to add more description here.
Whether you would prefer to play with other men, women, or either—and
if you prefer to meet players within a certain age range.
Whether you prefer singles, doubles or either.
email address and/or phone number.
& Veg-Friendly Events Near and Far May Be Worth Your Travel Time
The great VegFests of Seattle and Portland are behind us for this year,
but there are many other festivals and conferences this year that you may
wish to attend. It’s always fun to explore a new place and attend
an inspiring gathering! All dates are 2007.
VeggieFest 2007 – The Richmond Vegetarian Festival, June 23, Azalea
Gardens of Bryan Park, Richmond, VA. http://veggiefest.org/index.htm
McDougall Adventures in Costa Rica – July 11-18; outdoor activities,
nightly lectures and entertainment, vegan meals, tropical setting. www.drmcdougall.com/adv_costa_2007.html
Oregon Country Fair – July 13-15, Veneta, OR; incredible annual event
showcasing arts, crafts, live music and other entertainment, dozens of food
booths, most vegetarian. www.oregoncountryfair.org
Animal Rights 2007 – July 19-23, Westin LAX, Los Angeles. World’s
oldest and largest animal rights conference, featuring vegan meals, organized
by FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement). www.arconference.org
Vegetarian Summerfest - July 25-29, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown,
PA. “Classes, cuisine, conversation and community for enlightened
Taking Action for Animals – July 28-30, Washington, DC; designed to
motivate, inform and inspire anyone who'd like to make a difference for
animals, with an emphasis this year on farm animals. www.takingactionforanimals.com
Vegan Camp 2007 – Aug. 4-18, Wales; diverse, casual event that has
included circus skills workshops, first aid lessons, raw and wild food workshops,
rock climbing, surfing, orienteering, meditation, talent shows, yoga, etc.
Michigan Womyn's Music Festival – August 7-12, Walhalla, MI; featuring
Dar Williams, Catie Curtis, Laura Love and more (vegetarian meals!). www.michfest.com
The 2006 National Essene Gathering – Aug. 10-12, Essene Garden of
Peace, 35 acres nestled in the coastal mountain range of Oregon, about one
hour west of Eugene. OR. www.essene.org/Essene_Gathering.htm
The London Vegan Festival – Aug. 19, Kensington Town Hall, London
WC1; packed with food, speakers, and more, for a mere £1. www.vegancampaigns.org.uk/festival/index.html
The Vibrant Living Expo – Aug. 24-27, Fort Bragg, CA; Speakers, culinary
classes, wellness presentations, activities, fitness classes, music, entertainment,
raw film screenings, raw pie contest, vendor booths, panels, etc. http://rawfoodchef.com/html/vibrant_living_expo.html
Raw Spirit Retreat – Sept. 6-9, Camp Adams near Molalla, OR. Immerse
yourself for three days and nights in all aspects of a successful raw food
lifestyle. This event is limited to the first 200 campers who make reservations.
New York's Capital Region Vegetarian Expo – Sept. 15, Sarasota Springs,
NY; promoting the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental
awareness, compassion for animals and all beings. www.nyvegetarianexpo.org
International Compassionate Living Festival – Oct. 5-7, Durham, NC;
featuring authors, academics, activists. and artists united for positive
change on behalf of animals worldwide. “Becoming the change”
Phuket Vegetarian Festival – Oct. 11-19, Phuket, Thailand; local residents
of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet.
Sowing Seeds Workshop, Oct. 19-20 – Vancouver, BC. Organized by the
Institute for Humane Education, a dynamic, interactive, empowering weekend
to inspire others to make informed, humane choices. http://humaneeducation.org/events/view/12
Bioneers Conference, Oct. 19-21 – San Rafael, CA. Promoting practical
environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the
Earth and communities. http://bioneers.org/conference
Boston Vegetarian Festival, Oct. 20 – Boston, MA. With over 100 exhibitors,
the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival is a full day of fun, good food, and